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Swing into the 29th FHS Jazz Festival

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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Enjoy the sweet sounds of jazz tunes at the 29th annual Folsom Jazz Festival this Saturday, Jan. 27. This popular annual event is an exciting day for entertainment for all ages.

With more than 140 middle school and high school jazz bands, vocal jazz choirs, and jazz combos from all throughout California and Nevada, this local event gives guests the opportunity to hear difficult jazz music played by the youth of the community, said Jon Augustine, publicity coordinator for the Folsom High School Music Boosters.

“This is the largest amateur jazz festival on the West Coast. This festival is meant for middle school and high school bands and choirs to get that experience performing in front of seasoned judges and large audiences,” Augustine said. “After each performance, the judges give real-time professional feedback and clinics to help the students better themselves.”

This music festival is unlike others when it comes to timing.

Augustine said the majority of festivals are at the beginning of the school year compared to this one which is in the middle of the year. This is unique as the students have more experience and practice performing in front of crowds at different festivals.

“By January, these groups have improved a lot since the start of the school year,” he said. “They will really be showing off because they have been working and working. It will be a fun day to watch them perform like professional musicians.”

This year’s guest artists include the Sacramento State Jazz Choir, who will be performing at the Rolling Hills Christian Church, as well as the internationally renowned Jacam Manricks Bang, who starts at 6:15 p.m. The Ron Cunha Big Band will be playing at Folsom High School.

All proceeds from the festival benefit the Folsom High School music programs. For more information about this event and our program, go to FolsomMusic.org.

“If they are a fan of music, especially jazz music, this is a real bright spot in our state, especially against the backdrop for the issues in funding of the arts,” Augustine said. “It’s like a jazz fan’s dream.”

When: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 27

Where: Folsom High School & Rolling Hills Christian Church

Tickets: $13 for adults; $9 for seniors, children and students with ID (includes both locations)

More information: FolsomMusic.org